Some people claim that one hour of weekly planning will save you 10 hours a week. Others claim that every minute spent planning saves 10 minutes in execution. Either way, planning saves you time. This isn’t necessarily about being the most productive//efficient possible, but about having more hours in a day to L I V E.
According to the 80//20 rule, 80 percent of effects come from 20 percent of the causes. In other words, the majority of your goals come from a few of your tasks. This makes it important to plan + prioritize so you can accomplish your goals — personal, professional, or academic.
1] WRITE DOWN A TO-DO LIST
You don’t necessarily have to write it down — it could be in your phone, a planner, your laptop, post-it notes, maybe even your hand… Regardless of the method, writing it down helps you visualize your tasks at hand. Even if it’s small things like making your bed, laying out your outfit the night before, the sense of accomplishment combined with the feeling of preparedness will be beneficial to your *ease* of mind.
2] PRIORITIZE YOUR TASKS — EAT DA FROG!
Once you see what you have to do, re-list each item in the order in which they should be completed. You may be inclined to list all of the quick, easy things first to get them out of the way, but you’re better off eatin’ da frog! The thing you’re most likely to procrastinate + put off should be done first — by focusing your time + energy on it, you will finish it faster first + you will *breeze* through the rest of your tasks.
3] LEARN TO SAY NO
It’s hard to say *no* to certain people or certain things, but the more you allow yourself to say *no,* the more time you have for your priorities. Focusing on your self-reliance ensures that you are staying true to your values + goals.
4] MONOTASK ONE AT A TIME
Even if you have a million + one things to accomplish, multitasking will take you more time in the long-run. By monotasking + focusing your attention on one task at a time, you are more present//mindful + also able to finish each task faster.
The more time you spend planning, the more time you’ll have to do everything you have to do + everything you *want* to do!
Mary K [@itsmarykfit] // VirtCHAARG Chicago